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Religious Liberty

Zubik v. Burwell Ruling Leaves Key Issues Unresolved

Washington, D.C., May 16, 2016– In response to today’s Supreme Court ruling in Zubik v. Burwell, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

Zubik v. Burwell Ruling Leaves Key Issues Unresolved

Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act Highlights Concerning Effects of Hobby Lobby Decision

Deputy Director Rachel Laser: “We can protect fundamental religious freedoms while ensuring that the LGBT community, as well as other communities in need of protections, are treated with dignity and respect in all aspects of public life.”

Contact: Max Rosenblum or Sarah Greenberg 
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Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act Highlights Concerning Effects of Hobby Lobby Decision

President’s Budget Highlights Key Reform Jewish Priorities, Leaves Some Areas of Concern

Contact: Max Rosenblum or Barbara Weinstein
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Washington, D.C., February 5, 2015 – In response to the release of President Obama’s FY 2016 budget, Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

President’s Budget Highlights Key Reform Jewish Priorities, Leaves Some Areas of Concern

Reform Jewish Leader Calls On Bureau of Prisons to Explain Removal of Religious Books

Saperstein: I urge the Bureau of Prisons to publish the standards being used in the Standardized Chapel Library Project, as well as the names of those religious leaders with whom it is consulting.

Contact: Sean Thibault or Jessica Weiser
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Reform Jewish Leader Calls On Bureau of Prisons to Explain Removal of Religious Books

Published: 09/11/2007

Reform Jewish Movement Adopts Resolution in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Feldman: At a time when presidential candidates and voters are increasingly focused on immigration, we are hopeful that this resolution, adopted by the largest Jewish movement in North America, will raise the level of debate and advance a fair and reasoned policy response to this crucial issue.

Contact: Sean Thibault or Ben Weyl
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Reform Jewish Movement Adopts Resolution in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Reform Jewish Leader Joins Jewish Community Letter Criticizing Attacks on Senator Obama

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WASHINGTON, JANUARY 15 - Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, today joined an array of Jewish community leaders in speaking out against "hateful emails that use falsehood and innuendo to mischaracterize Senator Barack Obama's religious beliefs and who he is as a person."

In joining the letter, Saperstein noted:

 

Reform Jewish Leader Joins Jewish Community Letter Criticizing Attacks on Senator Obama

Published: 01/15/2008

Reform Jewish Leader Encourages Members to Attend Hearing on the Workplace Religious Freedom Act

Saperstein: The enactment of WRFA would ensure that people of faith across the United States and, in particular, members of minority religious communities, are not forced to choose between their religious practices and their jobs.

Contact: Sean Thibault or Jessica Weiser
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Reform Jewish Leader Encourages Members to Attend Hearing on the Workplace Religious Freedom Act

Reform Jewish Movement Urges Senate Opposition to Honaker Nomination

Saperstein and Gutmann: Mr. Honaker’s record leaves us with serious doubts as to his ability to safeguard religious liberty and reproductive rights… With the stakes so high – a lifetime appointment to the federal bench – we feel compelled to oppose a judge who would endanger our core freedoms.

Contact: Sean Thibault or Rebecca Blake Chaikin
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Reform Jewish Movement Urges Senate Opposition to Honaker Nomination

Reform Movement Joins Broad Coalition Expressing Concern about the Faith Based Initiative

Saperstein: We have been deeply concerned by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives’ detrimental effects on both religion and government since its inception.

Contact: Sean Thibault or Jessica Weiser
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org 

Reform Movement Joins Broad Coalition Expressing Concern about the Faith Based Initiative

DC Plan to Fund Religious Mission Violates First Amendment

Saperstein: "The District of Columbia’s plan to provide funding to the Central Union Mission, a pervasively sectarian institution, is an egregious breach of the separation between church and state."

Contact: Kate Bigam or Arielle Gingold
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

DC Plan to Fund Religious Mission Violates First Amendment